At FITT 1ST we are passionate about the sport of cycling and believe that in order to enjoy this wonderful sport to its fullest, you need to be comfortable above all else. Whether you are a weekly commuter, a dedicated charity rider, serious recreational club rider, elite or professional athlete, road or mountain, it all starts with finding the best position possible for you. Once you are comfortable, then and only then can performance be optimized.We believe that a person’s bicycle when fitted correctly should feel like an extension of their own body, the perfect union between Rider and Machine. You should feel comfortable, safe, balanced, strong and always in control.

K Scott Judges B Sc. ( Founder / Owner )

Contact Info: Tel: 416-346-9696

Email: fitt1stbikefitting@gmail.com


1450 O'connor Dr. Building 2, Unit 105 Toronto ON M4B 2T8

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"Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand”


We at FITT 1ST want you to understand your bike fit, that's why we take the extra time to actively involve you in all aspects of the procedure. This way we establish quality communication and feedback.

Our fitting process was developed by the leaders and pioneers in this industry, taught at the SICI Institute to the TOP FITTERS IN THE WORLD. Although our system uses well established scientific criteria as its base we add a very “Rider Centric “ component to our fit procedure by establishing a thorough personalized profile of the rider themselves.

There are no “quick fixes” if a bike fit is done correctly, and that is why our fits are very comprehensive.

Whether you are a pro athlete or a daily commuter, the process remains the same and is equally important for all.

By the time your fit is complete you should not only feel totally satisfied with your new position, you will also have a much greater knowledge and better understanding of how your body and your bicycle work together. You and the bicycle become one. This is how the cycling experience is maximized.

Full FITT Procedure

Step 1: Interview

The fit begins with an extensive interview to establish a personal blueprint of the uniqueness you bring to the bike.

We will gather information about your life off the bike that relates directly to your comfort, efficiency and power on the bike. Lifestyle, fitness level, riding experience, prior injuries, surgeries and current physical concerns all play an important role in determining your ideal position.

Step 2: Foot Assessment

This is a very important aspect of the bike fit and absolutely essential for any rider who uses a clipped in pedal system. The interface between the foot, shoe, cleat and pedal is where it all begins. This is where all your power and efficiency originates.

This is also the source for the majority of foot, knee, hip and sometimes lower back issues that we encounter. Foot size and shape, degree of pronation, arch type, length and height, forefoot and posterior foot varus and valgas and metatarsal support are all evaluated here.

Step 3: Flexibility and Postural Assessment

Everyone has a unique body structure, determined by genetics, how we live our lives, and even what we do for a living. A person who sits in front of a computer all day will have a much different range of motion and flexibility than the fitness trainer, even if they were born identical twins. Chances are they would not be comfortable in the same position on the bike as well. Postural alignment, leg length differences, pelvic asymmetries, spinal flexibility, hamstring flexibility, and hip flexion range of motion, IT bands and internal hip flexors will all be assessed.

Step 4: On Bike Assessment

Everything we do on the bike is to ensure that the bike fits you. It makes more sense to change a stem, saddle position or handle bar position than to force one's body into a position that is unnatural. This process will result in a position that accommodates all of your natural bio-mechanics, removing excess pressure on all your joints.

Foot stability, cleat alignment, ankling pattern, knee tracking, pelvic angle, upper body alignment, arm and hand positions will all be optimized to ensure that you will be riding safely and comfortably for your current skill and fitness level. We will be asking for your feedback continually through this phase.

Step 5: Evaluation and Recommendations

We will do our best to adapt your existing equipment to you. However there may be changes that we will recommend to you. A new handlebar with shallower reach and drop to accommodate your arm and hand position, a different saddle that fits your body and riding style better or something as small as adding a wedge to one of your cleats. Any one of these small changes can make a world of difference in your ability to enjoy, perform well and ride safely on the bike.

If your bike is just the wrong size and or geometry for you, we will tell you so, and give you advice on what manufacturers makes, models and size would be a much better fit for you and your style of riding.

All of your data will be recorded, so that you will have a permanent record of all the key bike measurements.

To book a fitting contact:

or call Scott Judges at 416-346-9696

Monday, January 30, 2012

Tip of the week " Be Vain "

Every one of us could do our own selves a big favour by riding our trainers in front of a mirror once in a while and watch ourselves ride. You will not believe what you can learn about your own position by simply looking in a mirror

For example, If you see that you have lateral shoulder movement (movement side to side) when you pedal, this could be a sign that you have tight psoas  muscles that are causing your SI joints to move laterally in your hips. The poas muscle  is a long thick muscle that is attached to the side of the lumbar region of your spine at one end and the top of your femur (lesser trochanter) on the other. This muscle contributes to flexion and external rotaion of your hip joint and is part of your hip flexors

Tightness in this muscle group can also cause lower back pain while cycling.

The movement in your shoulders is your body's way of counter balancing the unwanted movement in your hips, so if you see this in the mirror talk to your Physiotherapist and find out some good stretches for increasing the flexibility in your psoas muscles.

This will ultimately result in a quieter upper body on the bike, decrease lower back pain, save you energy and result in a smoother overall pedal stroke

So be vain... You'll be glad you did

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Although it has been a relatively mild winter so far here in Toronto, most of us have moved inside and will be spending the next 10 weeks or so on our trainers or rollers.

Ask yourself ... How am I feeling on my bike right now, Did I have anything that was bothering me during the race year. If the answer is yes, then maybe a bike fit is needed to address what ever issues you had.

So when should you get the bike fit done. The answer is NOW, not the Spring.


Riding the trainer is a very static position and any flaws in your positioning or pedal stroke will be amplified versus being on the road.

Since your position is very static, muscle memory becomes very SPECIFIC to that static position on the bike.

This is fine as long as you are confident that your current bike position and pedal stroke are correct.

However, if you have doubts about your positioning and you wait till the Spring to address it, then you will be creating BAD muscle memory for the next 10 weeks.

Take advantage of the next 10 weeks inside and build muscle memory in the correct place by getting your bike fit now.

This becomes especially important if you have any key events or races early in the season.

If you have your bike fit done in the Spring, you will not get the full benefit of it until mid season and your entire 10 weeks of hard indoor training will have been mostly wasted.
Great Training!!



Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Finding the saddle that is comfortable for you is sometimes the most painful, frustrating and often very expensive part of cycling.

Is finding the right one a Science or just pure Trial and Error?

Well the answer is both, however Science plays the most important role

I have people coming to me regularly with issues associated with their saddles, perineal numbness, saddle sores, chafing, causing major PAIN and DISCOMFORT and literally ruining their enjoyment of the sport.

If you want to find the best saddle for you.... Here are the steps

1)  Have the distance between your ischial tuberosities (sit bones) measured

Any good fitter or bike shop should have a measuring device. This will give you a good range indication of how wide your saddle should be to ensure proper sit bone support. Saddles usually come in 3 common width sizes  130mm, 143mm, 155mm or there abouts

Most commonly men are in the 130-143mm size, but not always

Women have a different hip structure and generally have wider sit bone distances 143-155mm,

Riding a saddle that is too wide for you can artificially spread your pelvis and cause you to ride with your knees splayed outward, resulting in poor knee tracking and potential knee injury

Riding a saddle that is too narrow can result in improper support of the pelvis causing slight collapse of the hips contributing to inward knee movement, affecting knee tracking and causing chafing of the inner thighs etc

2)  Determine the right saddle profile for you

Look at the saddle from the back, you will notice that although several saddles may be the same width they all have a different profile ie one might be very flat across the back like a fizik Antares, or more rounded across the back like the fizik Arione. If you are a large person you may need the support of the wider profile and vice versa for the smaller rider.

Do I go with a saddle that has a cutout to relieve pressure on the nether regions?

This is a personal choice and if it feels more comfortable to you go for it, be aware though that cutouts can relieve pressure in one area and cause it in another.

Next time you watch the Pros in the tour, check their saddles out, You won't see a lot of cut out saddles and these guys ride 30 - 40,000 km's a year 
3)  Determine the type of riding style you have

If you sit very upright on the saddle you are better with a slightly wider saddle, If you ride very aggresively then a saddle on the slightly narrower end of the range might be better

If you move around a lot on the saddle pick one that is flatter from front to back like a fizik Arione. If you have a tendency to stay in one place on the saddle all the time pick a saddle with more of an up sweep to the back of it to use as a back stop. The fizik Alliante or Specialized Romin are good examples

If you move around a lot and choose a saddle with an up swept back, you could over extend your legs at the bottom of the pedal stroke if you move back on the saddle when you climb, causing tenderness behind the knees at the hamstrings insertion points

Contrary to what you might think, the longer distances you ride and the more you ride, the more saddle support you need. This translates to the more you ride the less the padding you should have.Nothing will make you more uncomfortable on a long ride than a thickly padded saddle

3)  Posture is critical

The angle of your sacrum is paramount to finding the right saddle, Most people to avoid crotch pain end up rocking their pelvis back ( slumping in the saddle, causing rounding in the back ) to relieve pressure. 


Avoid doing this. for it drastically affects your performance and comfort on the bike, you want to keep your sacrum and your spine neutral

4)  Saddle Angle

Saddles are designed to be ridden flat +/- 1 degree, measured from the centre of the saddle forward when your bike is level, A common error people make is to level their saddles from front to back with a construction level. This results in a saddle that is tilted up at the front causing crotch discomfort and forcing you into the wrong posture.

5)  Be patient

Most saddles need to be broken in, ride them at least 4-5 times before you decide that the saddle is not for you

6)  Get a professional bike fit which includes a saddle fitting

A saddle that feels comfortable when you are riding in the wrong position isn't doing much for your performance, so make sure you have a proper bike fit done. Quite often saddles that feel uncomfortable are a function of poor bike fit more than anything else. You can save a lot of time and money by trying all the saddles at your fit where a professional can help you.

Whats my final TIP ??

When you find the right saddle buy several of them and put them away, for they are like GOLD and manufacturers have a tendency to change things over time.You do not want to go through the procedure all over again when you go to replace the one you have, only to find out that it has been discontinued.

Here's to riding in comfort

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Happy New Year to everyone,

With a new year comes new goals, new challenges and new resolutions.

INTRODUCING  " INTER - FITT "  a new online video fitting and positioning analysis service for Road, Triahlon, TT, Mountain, Cyclocross and commuter cyclists from FITT 1ST.

We are currently working on the details and should be ready to go in the next couple of weeks.

Shortly you will be able to utilize our fitting services no matter where you are as long as you have access to a computer and a video camera.